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Tribunal sacks three LP Reps, orders rerun



The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on Monday sacked three House of Representatives’ members elected on the platform of the Labour Party.

A panel of the tribunal led by Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe had sacked the member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, Mr Ibe Okwara Osunwa, for non-compliance with the electoral act 2022, in a petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election, Daniel Okeke.

The tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Osunwa and issue a new one to Okeke.

In a related development, another panel led by Justice Hajaratu Hajjo Lawa nullified the election of Munachim Alozie, representing Obingwa/Osisioma/Ugwunagbo Federal Constituency.

The court also ordered a rerun within the next 90 days according to the constitution.

The tribunal noted that the LP candidate was declared in error and therefore cannot stand.

Reading out the judgement, Prof. Muhammad Mahmud on behalf of the three-man panel headed by Lawal, said the number of leads is more than the number of voters who were disenfranchised in some polling units who collected their Permanent Voters Cards.

The candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Ibe Michael Nwoke, had approached the court after the declaration of  Alozie as the winner of the February 25 National Assembly election demanding its nullification.


Nwoke prayed the court to among other things nullify the election of LP’s Alozie as he was not duly elected and his election was invalid based on the margin of lead.

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While counsel to YPP’s candidate adjudged the ruling as fair, the LP’s counsel insisted on appealing the case.

Similarly, another panel of the tribunal nullified the election of the member representing Aba North and South Federal Constituency Mr Emeka Nnamani, for certificate forgery.

The tribunal declared the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the election, Alex Ikwueche as the winner of the election and ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Nnamani and Issue a new one to Ikwueche.



Tinubu Election Anniversary: Nigerians rain ‘curses’ on INEC Chairman, Prof Yakubu



Tinubu Election Anniversary: Nigerians rain 'curses' on INEC Chairman, Prof Yakubu
• INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu has emerged the top trend on Nigerian X (formerly Twitter) on the first anniversary of the presidential election conducted by his commission with critics laying it as a curse day.

There is, however, concern that some may have been taking their position overboard with some critics of Mahmood Yakubu extending the curse beyond to his kindred.

Even more, the assertions of the activists had been extended to the judiciary with the political activists adding the Justices to the curse they have been laying on Mahmood Yakubu.

However, political opponents on the other divide have countered with the trend of Obidiots to mock the political opposition laying curse on Mahmood Yakubu.

The declaration comes exactly one year after the 2023 general election, which saw President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ascend to the presidency.

Many netizens took to social media to express their frustrations, blaming the INEC chairman, Manhood Yakubu, for alleged manipulation of the election results.

According to online commentators, Yakubu’s actions during the election are perceived as having contributed to the current economic hardships facing Nigerians, the depreciation of the Naira against the Dollar and the skyrocketing prices of goods and commodities are cited as evidence of the alleged electoral manipulation.The sentiment on social media reflects widespread dissatisfaction with the perceived outcome of the election, with many Nigerians attributing their economic woes to the leadership that emerged from it.

However, political opponents on the other divide have countered with the trend Obidiots to mock the political opposition laying curse on Mahmood Yakubu.


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‘Medicine after death’, Obi blasts INEC over 2023 Election Report



What happened to Ajaero is shocking — Peter Obi laments
• Peter Obi, Labour Party Presidential candidate
Presidential Candidate of Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of deceiving Nigerians with report of the poll released earlier on Friday.

In the 526-page report of the 2023 elections, formally released ahead of the first anniversary of the election, INEC explained why the IREV failed to upload the presidential results despite the seamless working of the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS).

The commission attributed the challenge to technical glitches, which was, however resolved and that this did not in any way affect the credibility of the elections.

Obi, who spoke to Daily Trust through Dr Yunusa Tanko, the Chief Spokesperson, Obi-Datti Campaign Committee, described the report as medicine after death.

“I think the INEC report is medicine after death. The truth about it is that if I didn’t mean that INEC actually deal with this issue as it happened during the election, possibly Nigerians will have believed and trusted this particular report.”

“But here we are, the report of the INEC which signifies that the IREV refused to function or been uploaded during the election is false. Considering the fact that there were three elections that happened on that day, the Federal House of Representatives, the Senate, and the result was uploaded and there was no issue.

“Why must there be issue as regard to the presidential election? So totally for us is deceit, disdain for the people and is trying to promote an indecency,” he said.

He lamented that unfortunately everyone knew when INEC gave a written document, citing that they would not agree with any result that is not posted on the IREV.


“It is documented and everybody saw it. But then this is the same INEC who went again to the Supreme Court citing that they had an authority to collate the result manually and it was stamped on authority on illegality by our judiciary.

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“And you want to convince me that that particular issue of glitch was not done deliberately? The truth is that nobody was arrested. Somebody ought to have been arrested who has been saddled with that responsibility.

“And if he is saddled with the responsibility, he must be held responsible and account for why the glitches occur.

“And even if there was a glitch, it’s just like your network taking off. It shouldn’t take up to a whole day. A few seconds it is off, three seconds it is back. Why was the server not back or why is the glitch not resolved?

“So for me and many of us, this is totally unacceptable. The report is deceitful to the Nigerian people. Our electoral Act and electoral law must be revisited to give clarity as regard to the process of our election.

“We don’t want to give any lacuna to any of our election process and give room for the judiciary only to decide who wins election. Election should be done and dusted at the polling units,” he said.

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Obi is not leaving Labour Party



Obi is not leaving Labour Party
• Peter Obi 
The Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) has said that its Principal, the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not quiting the party.

POMR, in a press statement on Friday, February 23, 2024 signed by its media aide, Michael Jude Nwolisa, dismissed trending news about Obi quitting the Labour party, adding that the “fake and fallacious news” emanated from mischief makers bent on destroying and disorganising the party.

“The Peter Obi Media Reach, POMR wishes to outrightly dismiss trending fake and fallacious news story suggesting that he was parting ways with the Labour Party.

“This is not true and it did not originate from Obi or the Obidient Movement but from mischief makers bent on sowing the seed of discord in the party.

“These rising misdemeanors on the party did not start today as they set out to destroy and disorganize the party all to get at Obi and derail the inevitable journey of rescuing Nigeria,” Nwolisa wrote.

He however said that Obi, on his part, is currently busy with making Nigeria work and focusing on creating an environment where democracy will thrive, adding that “the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people.”

The statement continues: “Presently our principal is preoccupied with making Nigeria work not on partisan politics which ended on October 26, 2023, when the Supreme Court of the land took their final decision on the general elections.

“Those bent on creating a crisis in the Labour Party are clearly enemies of democracy wishing for the failed status quo to remain.

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“Obi’s focus at the moment is on creating an environment where democracy is to be practiced according to the defined tenets not the rascality and all forms of impunity prevalent in the country today.


“Peter Obi therefore would like to assure Nigerians, particularly the Obidient family that his way with Labour is unshaken and intact and that the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people,” he added.

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